Good Morning Lovelies!!
The past few days have been very good for me exercise-wise. Saturday I participated in an urban scavenger hunt (I hope to do a post on that at a later date), which had me running and walking all over Long Beach for 3 hours… hi, sore calves!
On Sunday morning I went to a Level 2 (read, most difficult) hot yoga class at CorePower Yoga with Alison. This class fantasic- extremely difficult yet fun! We did a lot of twists meant to detoxify the body, and I even got into crow pose for about 1 second! Crow is my nemesis, so I’m hoping with a little more practice, strenght, and less bodyweight I will be able to conquer it, and move into a tripod head stand… scary! The only downfall to this class was that the instructor didn’t plan out the music too well, so we had to listen to “From this Moment on” by Shania Twain, probably one of the most unbearable songs in music history, at least three times. Ugh, now that I’m talking about it, it’ll probably be stuck in my head all day.
After making a decision to get my fitness life back on track, I chose a strength cicuit to complete. This is the workout I did:
I completed this in about 30 minutes, which is great if you’re just trying to sneak in a quick workout, or if you were already exhausted because you worked for 10 hours and all you wanted to do was lay on the couch and finish the 4th book in the series of Percy Jackson and the Olympians… Anyway! There are a lot of variations to this workout to either add or decrease intensity. To decrease, lessen the weight, but keep the reps as they are. To increase, you can increase the weights, or do more challenging versions of the exercises themselves. The workout originally called for doing pushups with a leg raise, but I opted for some good old fashioned girl pushups.
Like I said, this work out was fantastic, and got me nice and sweaty and completely wiped me out in less than an hour! Perfect! I knew I was in trouble when my legs started shaking after I finished, but I didn’t know how much trouble until I woke up the next morning. Ouch, was I sore!! I hobbled through the day, but kept my mind focused on going for a run after work.
Luckily, my dad wears many hats in our relationship… father, friend, roommate… and accountability partner! If I didn’t know that he was waiting for me to get home for us to run together there would be no way in hell I would have gone, I mean, I had Percy Jackson & the Olympians to look forward to, remember? But I went, and it was HORRIBLE. The abosolute worst run of my entire life. Okay, maybe that’s exaggerating, but it put up a good fight with the chafing run for the title. I had horrible “side-calf” cramps from ankle to knee (anyone who runs barefoot knows what I’m talking about) that wouldn’t let up. But I pushed through, stopped a few times for stretch breaks, and got my three miles in. No matter how horrible, you’re never going to regret a run (unless you get hit by a car and die on said run, then you might regret it). Good news is, I’ve had so many bad runs in the past few weeks, I’m bound to have one of those really amazing “I can run forever” runs soon, right? Right?!?
Problem is, if I thought I was sore yesterday, I was in for a rude awakening (literally) this morning when I woke up and found that my legs didn’t want to respond to commands. They are really angry at me today, friends, so it looks like I will spend my Wednesday taking care of my body instead of ripping it apart. I plan on hitting the chiropractor, sitting in the spa, and icing this evening. And maybe I’ll be able to move again… maybe…
Well I’m off to go hobble around the office, have a great day!